Facts to know about Thomas Sankara – Ebenezer Denzel Amanor

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Facts to know about Thomas Sankara – Ebenezer Denzel Amanor

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In only 4 years in power (1983–87), Thomas Sankara
Built 350 schools, roads, and railways without foreign aid
Increased literacy rate by 60%
Banned forced marriages
Gave poor people land
Vaccinated 2.5 million kids
Planted 10 million trees

Appointed females to high government positions, encouraged them to work, recruited them into the military, and granted pregnancy leave. Sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers.

He reduced the salaries of all public servants, including his own, and forbade the use of government chauffeurs and first-class airline tickets. As President, he lowered his salary to $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge, and a broken freezer.

He opposed foreign aid, saying that “he who feeds you, controls you.” He drove out French imperialism and withdrew Burkina Faso from the IMF.

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